What Do You Really Do When You "Work" From Home?

Jan 9, 2014 at 2:06pm | Leave a comment

It was too cold in our offices today, so we were all instructed to
work from home. Which we are all excited about for our own reasons.

Madeline told me yesterday that while she works from home, she watches
Lifetime TV movies, "The Chew" and "Kelly and Michael." Marci watches
old episodes of Dr. Phil on OWN.

Olivia was a little bummed we weren't in today, because yesterday was
her first day back in the office with us all, so I told her she could
come here to my apartment if she wanted, to keep from getting lonely,
but she bribed closer-by freelance friends with food and cable
instead.

Lesley always works from home (except next week when she's at HQ with
the rest of us -- yay!), so every day is a NON-STOP DANCE PARTY for
her. "When I did work in an office, I couldn't have my music very
loud, and headphones were out because I needed to hear my phone and my
coworkers," she just wrote me. "NO LONGER THOUGH. I AM THE VOLUME
MASTER NOW."

Mandy keeps cable news on in the background, which calms her while she
works. Like mimicking a newsroom. Lori has already changed her sheets
and curtains today (I didn't know people changed curtains and now
wonder how often other people change their sheets) in between very
promptly returning all of my emails. Emily takes secret naps.

Our new girl Rebecca takes the opportunity to run mid-morning as
opposed to 7 AM when she usually has to get up in order to run, make
breakfast, pack school lunch, shower, look presentable (which she
does!), and get son to school on time. Also, she naps at 3.

I snack a lot and am making this goofball expression to go with the
fact that I just ate a yogurt with an expiration date of October 8
(2013). It tasted fine. Do you think that's a problem? And back to the
bigger question here, what do you sneakily or not sneakily do when you
are working or studying at home?

Obviously some people do less G-rated activities All Day Long when
they have the chance. So don't be afraid to share those examples just
because my staff answered my question via group email (since we are
all home) and, I think that's why, decided to paint themselves as such
highly upstanding citizens here.

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